The Copeland Law Firm
call: 573-397-5277 For The Representation You Deserve Free Initial Consultation
Committed To Your Case
Contact Us

Criminal Defense Archives

Study finds bias in how bail is determined

Black defendants in Missouri and throughout the country are more likely to be detained while their legal cases play out. They also tend to receive higher bail amounts than white defendants. Research has shown this to be true regardless of whether the judge is white or black. However, research has also shown that experience can play a role in overcoming racial bias in the justice system.

What is an MIP and is it serious?

Many people think that crimes committed by minors do not carry very serious consequences. The reality of the situation is that many states have very strict laws, especially concerning minor in possession (MIP) charges. In fact, an underage individual may be arrested even if he or she appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Missouri.

Getting a DWI in Missouri is a serious issue

You may think nothing of getting behind the wheel after a few drinks. You know you are safe to drive, but then you're stopped by law enforcement. Maybe you swerved while driving, or perhaps there is a roadblock enforcement effort underway to reduce impaired driving in the area. Suddenly, you're spending a night in jail instead of your own bed and facing a driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge.

Five ways drug crimes can ruin your college life

If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time when illegal drugs are involved, you may lose all you've worked hard to achieve in college. Whether you are caught up in a drug bust, your dorm is raided or your roommate is caught with drugs, you may be subject to arrest. A drug crime conviction will not only expose you to the possibility of expensive fines or jail, your education may also be in jeopardy.

Man charged with domestic assault after UPS driver calls 911

A Missouri man was charged with several felonies after a UPS driver who visited his home on Dec. 6 called 911. According to reports, the accused man's wife handed the UPS driver a package that contained the words 'contact 911." The UPS driver then called the authorities shortly after leaving the couple's Union residence.

attorneys Email Us For A Response

Tell Us About Your Case - Free Initial Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy


900 East Broadway Columbia, MO 65201 Phone: 573-397-5277 Fax: 573-874-3200 Columbia Law Office Map